11/20/14 4:22pm
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The Alexandria Police Department is investigating the robbery of a SunTrust Bank located in the 4600 block of Kenmore Avenue. Around 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 20, a man entered the bank and displayed handgun. He demanded money, the teller complied and the suspect fled. There were no injuries.

The suspect is described as a black male in his late 20’s, approximately 5’11”, with a slim build. He was last seen wearing sunglasses, an oversize orange or burgundy winter coat, black jeans, black knit hat. He displayed a black handgun during the robbery.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call Detective Thomas Buckley at 703.746.6837.

11/20/14 1:29pm

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The Campagna Center, Alexandria’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and supportive services for children, youth and adults, held a workshop for parents to provide them with vital job skills and resources that will have the potential to impact their lives and in turn help families succeed.

“Business Etiquette: Putting Your Best Foot Forward and Finding the Job You Want,” was hosted on November 13, 2014 by the Campagna Center’s 21st Century Community Learning Center as part of its Community Parent Engagement Program (CPEP). CPEP consists of workshops, special events, and educational services for families of participating students at Jefferson Houston Middle School. Parents received an introduction to business etiquette, guidance on effective communication, information on creating a positive image, tips on preparing for a job interview and resume writing.

The workshop was facilitated by Fannie Allen, founder of The Allen Etiquette Institute, which specializes in business etiquette and protocol training. Representatives from the Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services’ Job Link Office and Northern Virginia Community College Workforce Development Office were on hand to provide resources and additional tips to workshop attendees.

Cynthia Hatch, a representative with the Northern Virginia Office of Workforce Development, commented that she “could see people in attendance making connections.” This included a parent who remarked that the workshop helped to widen the scope as it pertains to applying for jobs. Also in attendance was Ana Elisa Da-Vila, Jefferson Houston School PTA member, who thanked the facilitator and representatives for taking the time to help parents find jobs.

Dana Taylor, middle school program director for The Campagna Center, noted that the workshop complements one of the goals of the Center’s after school program, 21st Century Club. Starting in December, Club members (Jefferson Houston 6th-8th grade students) will begin to explore different careers and learn steps they can take now to ensure their future success.

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11/20/14 10:22am

U.S. Attorney's Office In Carlyle

Over $23.6 Million in Civil and Criminal Actions in Fiscal Year 2014

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA), announced today that EDVA collected over $23.6 million in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2014. Of this amount, over $15.4 million was collected in criminal actions and more than $8.1 million was collected in civil actions.

Additionally, EDVA worked with other U.S. Attorneys’ offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $8.8 million in cases pursued jointly with these offices.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced on November 19, 2014 that the Justice Department collected $24.7 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2014. The more than $24 billion in collections in FY 2014 represents nearly eight and a half times the appropriated $2.91 billion budget for the 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices and the main litigating divisions in that same period.

“Every day, the Justice Department’s federal prosecutors and trial attorneys work hard to protect our citizens, to safeguard precious taxpayer resources, and to provide a valuable return on investment to the American people,” said Attorney General Holder. “Their diligent efforts are enabling us to achieve justice and recoup losses in virtually every sector of the U.S. economy. And this result shows the fruits of the Justice Department’s tireless work in enforcing federal laws; in protecting the American people from violent crime, national security threats, discrimination, exploitation, and abuse; and in holding financial institutions accountable for their roles in causing the 2008 financial crisis.”
“In all of our criminal and civil prosecutions, where appropriate, we strive to collect restitution for the victims of the crime, be that private citizens or the federal government” said U.S. Attorney Boente. “Asset forfeiture, fines, restitution and other means of collections are the Justice Department’s most effective and efficient tools in restoring money to victims of crime and their families.”

The U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, along with the department’s litigating divisions, are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the U.S. and criminal debts owed to federal crime victims. The law requires defendants to pay restitution to victims of certain federal crimes who have suffered a physical injury or financial loss. While restitution is paid to the victim, criminal fines and felony assessments are paid to the department’s Crime Victims’ Fund, which distributes the funds to state victim compensation and victim assistance programs.

The largest civil collections were from affirmative civil enforcement cases, in which the United States recovered government money lost to fraud or other misconduct or collected fines imposed on individuals and/or corporations for violations of federal health, safety, civil rights or environmental laws. In addition, civil debts were collected on behalf of several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, Small Business Administration and Department of Education.

11/19/14 4:06pm
Chinquapin pool

Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics Event
Featuring USA Swimming National Team Member Andrew Seliskar

The Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics (AAA) invites the public to the “Fuel the Pool,” the Kick-Off event for the proposed 50-meter pool at Chinquapin Recreation Center, located at 3210 King Street in Alexandria. on Saturday, November 22 at 6:00 PM. AAA members, City staff and speakers will provide information on planning efforts and benefits of future proposed aquatic opportunities.

Featured guest speaker Andrew Seliskar, USA Swimming 2014-2015 National Team member and national and international swimming record-holder, will talk to young swimmers and families about his swimming career as well as the importance of supporting swimming in our community and building 50-meter pools. He will also take questions from the audience and sign autographs.

For additional information, email alexandriaaquatics@gmail.com.

11/19/14 10:26am

windmillhillpark

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is completing an invasive species control project in Windmill Hill Park, located at 501 S. Union Street in Alexandria. beginning the week of November 24, and weather permitting, continuing into early December. Residents will see crews at work during the daytime.

The project includes the removal of invasive Ailanthus trees and other trees posing a safety hazard near the Wilkes Street Tunnel. Following the tree removals, erosion control, backfilling and establishment of turf and/or native plants will complete the project.

For additional information or questions about the project, contact Eugene Loew, Waterfront Park Manager, or 703.746.5518.